Our Work

 

The New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council works at the federal, state, local and Tribal levels.

 

In order to achieve this work, the Council, staff, and partners address food systems issues through a combination of policy, administrative advocacy, outreach and education, and collaborative programmatic implementation. The Council is led by a diverse governing board and members, with input from numerous partners representing all aspects of the food system, from farmers and ranchers, to community organizations and state agencies. We work with state elected legislators as well as our congressional delegation in Washington, DC. We also support local, regional and Tribal efforts for policy change.

Click here for our 2022 Legislative Outcomes and Successes

Sampling of Legislative Accomplishments:

  • Becoming the first state to take action to improve children’s health by minimizing junk food in schools.
  • Obtaining an additional $85,000 in recurring state funding secured to purchase New Mexico grown fresh fruits and vegetables for school meals serving 6,000 students in the Albuquerque area.
  • Leading state efforts to increase funding for the Senior Farmers’ Market Program, providing seniors with dollars to shop at farmers markets.
  • Securing state funding to establish and support two tribal extension agents, serving the Navajo Nation.
  • Developing the Governor-appointment New Mexico Food Gap Task Force to research solutions to improve healthy food access and promote food-based economic development.